Letter to Delegates in Congress: Hope from the measures they have taken for the protection of the posts in the Highlands


A draft of a Letter to the Delegates of this State in Congress, reported by Mr˙ Robert R˙ Livingston on the 7th instant, was read and amended, and approved of, and is in the words following, to wit:

"GENTLEMEN: Sensible of the great importance of the posts in the Highlands, we have lately directed an inquiry into their situation, which will appear from the enclosed returns to be far from such as we could wish.

"The necessity General Washington has of all the troops that compose his army at New-York, prevented his sparing to these fortresses sufficient garrisons or the necessary stores. What may be the fate of the country below the Highlands, is, as yet, uncertain, and may possibly depend on the event of a single battle. Should these posts be properly secured, we cannot but hope that the greater part of this State might nevertheless be retained, and the communication between the Northern and Southern States be by that means kept up; for which reason we wish you to call the attention of the Congress to an object of whose importance they have always been sensible, and to ask a proper supply of stores. We have already afforded them all in our power to supply. Fire ships would be of great use, yet for want of materials we are unable to proceed in preparing them. Seamen cannot be procured here to man our armed vessels without the greatest delay and difficulty, unless drafted from the army. Perhaps they may be got at Philadelphia.

"By the enclosed resolves you will find that we have endeavoured to reinforce the garrisons in the Highlands. As these men are all taken from the plough, we are very anxious to have them relieved as soon as the circumstances of the Continent will admit.


"We have borrowed of the State of Connecticut twenty pieces of cannon, (ten twelve and ten six-pounders,) for the forts. We wish they were heavier, but we fear this deficiency cannot be supplied, and therefore must endeavour to do without them. You will find by the enclosed resolves that we have taken measures to increase the number of our field artillery. You will be mindful to transmit us every publick resolve of Congress, and at least one of the Pennsylvania Gazettes, every week.

"We are, most respectfully, gentlemen.

"To the Delegates of the State, &c."

Ordered, That a copy of the said Letter be engrossed, and subscribed by the President, and transmitted, and that the Secretaries enclose therein copies of all the Resolutions which have lately been ordered to the Delegates.